The Week in Pictures: Aug. 7-13

This week's pictures include high school football practices, wildfires in Moscow and miners in China and Chile.

This week's pictures include high school football practices, wildfires in Moscow and miners in China and Chile.

DEAR READER: News flash: Islam is, in fact, a religion

Last month, the Missourian wrote in a voters guide about a third-party political candidate who doesn't believe Islam is a religion. Deciding who to cover, and how, is complicated.

LOCALLY GROWN: Columbia cluckers not ruffling too many feathers

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is hosting free "Yard to Skillet" workshops that will take people through the steps of processing a chicken.

Will Ebner working to return for Missouri football

Will Ebner, who's had two knee injuries and a shoulder injury in the past, is recovering from a hamstring strain. Although he's always determined to push himself and return to practice as quickly as possible after an injury, with his hamstring Ebner must be especially cautious.

MU student in motorcycle crash killed by blunt trauma

Caitlin Valora, 20, died as a result of blunt injuries to the head, neck and trunk. Police remain unsure whether charges will be filed in relation to the accident.

Teenager collects three tons of recyclables at Boone County Fairgrounds

A teenage Boy Scout member started a recycling project at the Boone County Fairgrounds that has collected an estimated three tons of recyclable material.

Heritage Academy hires new administrator

Heritage Academy in Columbia hired Kathleen Mallory as its new chief administrative officer. Heritage Academy is a K-12 Christian school and begins the 2010-2011 academic year on Aug. 23.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Countries should shift focus to saving species, preserving biodiversity

The United Nations has declared 2010 the year of biodiversity, with the hopes that this will be a step toward putting more focus on global sustainability. People also need to see that the value of ecosystems is about more than economics.

NTSB wraps up on-scene work at bus crash site

The National Transportation Safety Board has completed the on-scene portion of its investigation into last week's fatal school bus accident on Interstate 44 in Missouri.

Women's semi-pro football comes to Columbia

The Columbia Enforcers women's football team has grown from three players to 25 since last March.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We must embrace meaningful development of our youth

Young people have too few employment and education opportunities.

Skateboard shop hosts Columbia tournament

Parkside Skateshop owners Chris Bailey and Shane Stander are hosting the second Summer Shredfest tournament Saturday night at Cosmopolitan Park to give Columbia skateboarders a chance to show their talent.

UFO watchers on their way to Columbia

UFO researchers from across the country are headed to Columbia this weekend for a conference that explores unexplained phenomena in the sky.

St. Louis woman dies from heat

The death of a 74-year-old St. Louis woman is being blamed on the heat, bringing to 10 the number of suspected hot weather-related deaths in Missouri.

UPDATED: Bear euthanized in Southwest Missouri after being hit by car

A state conservation official says the death of a black bear that was hit by a vehicle in southwest Missouri provides some proof that the animals are making a comeback in the region.

Donations help Humane Society dogs in extreme heat

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing donated three industrial floor fans to help the dogs in the week's extreme heat.

GUEST COLUMN: Social Security in danger

The tax cuts at issue provide $700 billion in unpaid revenue to the top 2 percent wealthiest Americans, and they don't come without a price to the rest of us.

Missouri school districts express doubt over funding

An emergency federal education spending bill signed into law this week will send $10 billion to states like Missouri, but not everyone is convinced the money will reach the schools that need it.